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Carroll clinics ready after first flu case found in Maryland

Everything needed to give a flu shot is ready for the next person at the Mt. Airy Senior Center n Monday.
Everything needed to give a flu shot is ready for the next person at the Mt. Airy Senior Center n Monday. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Maryland's first flu case of the season has been reported in the Washington suburbs, prompting state and local health officials to urge people to get vaccinated.

Yearly vaccinations are important because the strains of flu change over time, health officials said.

In an effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible, the Carroll County Health Department will be hosting three free flu vaccination clinics for children, with the possible addition of a fourth as needed, according to Deputy Health Officer Henry Taylor.

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Those clinics will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9.

"They will be free walk-in flu vaccine clinics, shots only, for children six months to 18 years of age," Taylor said.

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Carroll County Public Schools are also holding free flu vaccine clinics during those same weeks as the Health Department clinics for students in elementary and middle schools, according to Taylor.

However, because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against using the FluMist nasal spray vaccine because it might not be effective against certain strains, both the in-school and Health Department clinics will feature the injectable vaccine.

The state's first case was the H1N1 strain, which is also included in this year's vaccine formulation. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said an adult was diagnosed with the respiratory disease but not hospitalized. They did not provide other details.

Older people, young children, pregnant woman and those with chronic medical conditions are more at risk from complications of flu.

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Carroll County Senior and Community Centers will also be offering flu clinics throughout the month of October, and that schedule, along with other information and resources to aid in finding where to obtain a flu vaccination, is available on the Carroll County Health Department website at cchd.maryland.gov/flu.

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Upcoming flu vaccination clinics

Tuesday, Oct. 11: 9 a.m.-noon at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown. Some insurance and Medicare Part B accepted. Uninsured patients or those whose plans do not cover the vaccine pay $25, or $50 for high-dose vaccine.

Wednesday, Oct. 19: 9 a.m.-noon at the North Carroll Senior and Community Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount. Some insurance and Medicare Part B accepted. Uninsured patients or those whose plans do not cover the vaccine pay $25, or $50 for high-dose vaccine. 3- 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Health Department 290 S. Center St., Westminster. Free, walk-in vaccinations for children ages six months through 18 years.

Tuesday, Oct. 25: 9 a.m.-noon at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg. Some insurance and Medicare Part B accepted. Uninsured patients or those whose plans do not cover the vaccine pay $25, or $50 for high-dose vaccine.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: 3-7 p.m. at the Carroll County Health Department 290 S. Center St., Westminster. Free, walk-in vaccinations for children ages six months through 18 years.

Friday, Oct. 28: 9 a.m.-noon at the Mount Airy Senior and Community Center, 703 Ridge Ave. Mount Airy. Some insurance and Medicare Part B accepted. Uninsured patients or those whose plans do not cover the vaccine pay $25, or $50 for high dose vaccine.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: 3-7 p.m. at the Carroll County Health Department 290 S. Center St., Westminster. Free, walk-in vaccinations for children ages six months through 18 years.

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